2012-03-23 / News

Egg farmer donates 140,000 to Harvest Hope

Contributed by Harvest Hope Food Bank

A local egg farmer donated more than 140,000 eggs to Harvest Hope Food Bank at 2220 Shop Road Tuesday, March 20 to help families struggling with food insecurity.

This donation is part of a national effort, organized by the United Egg Producers and Feeding America. For the fifth consecutive spring, America’s egg farmers are giving the Easter Bunny and families in need, a helping hand by donating nearly 10 million fresh eggs. That brings the number of eggs farmers have contributed since 2008 to 60 million equaling nearly 50 million dozen.

“It’s no longer just unemployed people who seek out help from their local food banks,” explained Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America. “More than ever, we’re working with people who just can’t make ends meet and need help feeding themselves and their families.”

For food banks across America, high quality sources of protein, such as eggs, are especially needed and valued. According to the USDA, one large egg delivers six grams of protein, along with 13 essential nutrients, including choline, folate, iron, and zinc. After a review of the nutrient composition of standard large eggs last year, USDA concluded the average amount of cholesterol was 14 percent lower, and vitamin D content was 64 percent higher, than previously measured.

For the 20 counties in central South Carolina serviced by Harvest Hope, the recent increase in need has been startling. Over the last year, Harvest Hope has increased delivery of food to families by more than 24% and feeds over 48,000 people a week. Harvest Hope distributes roughly 28,000,000 pounds of food annually across their network of 476 member agencies.

“Eggs are a great source of protein and one of the best food items we could ask for,” said Denise Holland, chief executive officer of Harvest Hope Food Bank. “This donation comes at a time when need is high and large bulk donations are declining, so we are thankful to important community partners like our anonymous donor, who help keep nutritious food on the tables of our struggling friends and neighbors.”

The mission of Harvest Hope Food Bank is to provide for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion and education.

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